Mar 29, 2011

Berchtesgaden - Salzburg: revitalisation project of the Saletbach river


The "Saletbach" river could play an important role in the regional ecological network in the Pilot Region "Berchtesgaden-Salzburg". To reach this objective, Econnect is supporting the revitalisation of the Saletbach.

Mar 29, 2011

Towards the aim of overcoming legal barriers

In December 2010 the city of Aosta/I hosted the final conference of the legal barriers work package. The project partners presented results of their researches on the legal barriers to ecological corridors through the Alps. They particularly underlined the specificity of each national, and even regional or local situation, and insisted on the great transversality of such an issue which refers to spatial planning, agriculture, transport, etc.

Feb 24, 2011

Methodological guide of the hierarchical ecological networks

The pilot region Isère has published a guide presenting various experiences they led since ten years in different areas and the methods being used. The publication "Methodological guide of the hierarchical ecological networks - Ten years of experiments in Isère" is available in English and French.

Dec 15, 2010

Visualising connectivity of species in pilot regions

In November the 3rd transnational meeting of Econnect partners took place in Bolzano. The main topics covered the status quo of technical work packages and the activities for the remaining lifetime of the project until August 2011.

Nov 18, 2010

A common tool for pilot regions

The second international meeting of the pilot regions which proceeded in Dobbiaco/Toblach on April 22, 2010 bore its fruits. Indeed, the pilot regions adopted a common tool, entitled JECAMI (Joint Ecological Continuum Analysing and Mapping Initiative-Web services).

Nov 18, 2010

Pilot region of Isère: bridges for more traffic safety

The new Alpine-Carpathian Corridor project intends to contribute to the re-establishment of the traditional trekking routes of deer, lynx and other wild animals in the region of Vienna/A - Bratislava/SK - Sopron/H.

In the framework of the project "Paths of life" the pilot region Isère signed a contract with the motorway company to build a green bridge. Work will start before the end of the year.

Nov 18, 2010

An example of ecological corridor at Parco delle Groane /I

Inside the Parco delle Groane, a protected area that extends at the foot of the Alps nearby the city of Milan, it was implemented an underpass for amphibians and small fauna that allows this small wildlife to cross safely the road that split the park in two.

Nov 18, 2010

International workshop: Follow-up and new projects beyond Econnect

The Ecological Continuum Initiative organises a workshop to develop visions and to set the course for an assured continuation of projects beyond Econnect. The workshop will take place on November 17th 2010 in Bolzano/I.

Nov 18, 2010

New cross-border project supports Ecological Network at local level

Within the scope of the interregional Italian/Swiss programme, the "DIVERSICOLTURA - Biodiversity in the Cultural Landscape" project was recently approved. The project encompasses the Swiss Münstertal and the neighbouring Italian Obervinschgau. This area is part of the Econnect pilot region Rhaetian Triangle.

Nov 18, 2010

Berchtesgaden - Salzburg: analyzing possibilities for improving connectivity


Important steps towards implementing connectivity measures in the course of Econnect have been made in the pilot region "Berchtesgaden - Salzburg". In order to analyse the connectivity of extensively cultivated grasslands in the region a set of butterfly and grasshopper species has been defined. Measures to improve the quality of certain grassland habitats will be planned and implemented subsequently.

Sep 30, 2010

Experiences from the Carpathians: a manual on creation of ecological corridors

Ecological corridors in Ukraine

Based on a pilot project of realizing trans-boundary ecological connectivity in the Ukrainian Carpathians a manual on stakeholder involvement and landscape-ecological modeling to connect protected areas has recently been published.

Jul 08, 2010

Nature abhors borders: Ecological Continuum and Econnect

Michael Vogel

CIPRA sees itself as something of a networker. And this applies to nature conservation as well. It brings officials, local authorities and scientists together, regardless of national borders. After all, animal and plant migrations don’t stop at border barriers either.

Jun 29, 2010

5th meeting of the Ecological Network Platform

The 5th official meeting of the Ecological Network Platform of the Alpine Convention was held in Dobbiaco/Toblach (I) on 21 April 2010. The main topic at the meeting was progress made to date in nominating a number of pioneering Alpine regions as Pilot Regions of the Alpine Convention. It is hoped that the first regions will receive official recognition at the next Alpine Conference to be held in March 2011.

Jun 29, 2010

Think tank workshop Dobbiaco/Toblach: Elaborating recommendations for stakeholder integration

Local connectivity projects can only be implemented if stakeholders are integrated into these activities. Potential difficulties and supportive tools were in the centre of an exchange of experiences between representatives of the ECONNECT pilot areas and other stakeholders carrying out connectivity activities. The discussions were facilitated by the Ecological Continuum Initiative in the frame of a workshop.

Jun 29, 2010

Communicating ecological connectivity to stakeholders made easy

Fact sheets

What significance do water management, tourism and agriculture have for ecological networks? Can measures in the transport sector have a positive effect for ecological corridors? How shall I design my garden to be a habitat for domestic plants and animals? These questions are answered by a series of eleven fact sheets provided by the Ecological Continuum Initiative.

Mar 26, 2010

Maps and data on ECONNECT available online

GeoNetwork - the portal to spatial data and information

The "GeoPortal" which is the central project repository for all spatial data and map products of ECONNECT is now online on Furthermore, the working group "Implementation strategy and data needs" has met to discuss the data situation at the current stage of the project.

Mar 26, 2010

Alpine riverine landscapes: connectivity, barriers and fragmentation

Barriers in riverine ecosystems

How strongly is a river landscape fragmented? What are the most important barriers and obstacles in Alpine rivers? These questions are in the focus of the Institute of Ecology from University of Innsbruck within its ECONNECT activities. The results will be visualized with the help of GIS and contacts to regional watershed authorities established for the reduction of barrier impacts and restoration.

Mar 26, 2010

Ecological Connectivity and the Law: from barriers to instruments

Legal barriers

Entering the second year of the ECONNECT project, the activities on legal barriers (Work Package 6) are steadily progressing. The two major fields of action are at the moment a comparative analysis of the legal frameworks of ecological connectivity in the Alps and the analysis of the legal situation in the pilot regions.

Mar 26, 2010

Understandable and visualised ECONNECT website

ECONNECT website

The ECONNECT website has recently been translated into the four project languages (French, German, Italian and Slovenian) and will soon be updated with maps.

Mar 26, 2010

Berchtesgaden - Salzburg: Improving the ecological network of extensive grasslands

Extensively cultivated grasslands are important landscape elements for ecological connectivity in the pilot region Berchtesgaden - Salzburg. Improving these habitats will help to safeguard species such as butterflies, dragonflies or grasshoppers. This is one of the tasks of the subprojects within ECONNECT which are currently being finalised.